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Posted on December 9, 2020
 
In Episode 26, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Steve Pitcher about everything your IBM i business partner should be doing for you.

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Posted on November 12, 2020
 
In Episode 25, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc take a deep dive into NVMe; how it works, the advantages of NVMe, and what OS NVMe works with.

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Posted on November 4, 2020

Richie Palma, Tech Solutions Consultant

For IBM i shops, IBM’s POWER9 scale-out family consists of three main server models.  To say these servers can “scale-out” is a massive understatement. At the end of the day we could talk about the enterprise POWER9 family all day but the large majority of IBM i clients are rocking the POWER9 Scale-Out servers. So, I am going to focus my attention in this article on the beautiful, scalable, and rock-solid servers in the POWER9 Scale-out family.

The first thing you need to know is what the model names themselves can tell you.  Let’s use S914 as an example.  The “S” stands for scale-out, the “9” stands for Power9, the “1” represents the number of sockets (In this case, a single socket), and the “4” which represents the number of rack U’s of physical space the server will take up.

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Posted on October 16, 2020
 
In Episode 24, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Patrick Nip about the benefits, features and functions of external storage.

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Posted on October 12, 2020

Laurie Leblanc

Laurie LeBlanc, iTech Solutions

Let’s face it — 2020 hasn’t been the most stellar year for a lot of companies.  There is still uncertainty about what will happen COVID-19 and the rest of the year. As a result, some companies choose to hold on to their cash and not make capital purchases.  Others have frozen their budgets.

With the end of life for the popular E4D coming on December 31, 2020, many IBM i shops face Extended Support. This support is limited in scope.  You can only get a contract for 12 months, and there are no guarantees. IBM Extended Support is better than IBM’s no option, but it’s not the best solution.

If you’re one of these companies struggling to navigate budget constraints in 2020, we have a suggestion: financing. If you’re not worried today, but you want to hold on to your cash, financing is also a fit for you.  Do you refresh your hardware on a regular three to four-year cadence? Financing will save you money.

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Posted on September 28, 2020
 
In Episode 23, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Amal MacDonald about the industry trends and challenges we are seeing with IBM i security.

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Posted on September 17, 2020

Patrick Nip

Almost three decades ago, back in 1997, IBM announced the flagship 9337 Disk Array Subsystem, a rack-mount disk unit that offers 1,084 MB to 33.55 GB of DASD for the AS/400 9406 Models B, D, E, and F as well as AS/400 Advanced System Model.  Back in the early ’80s, I engaged in a benchmark of the 9337 Disk Subsystem on an enterprise AS/400 against the EMC Symmetric system in Rochester, Minnesota.  I also presented RAID technology at a local user group meeting, explaining how to protect the data on the 9337 storage for the AS/400 with RAID 5 technology.

We have come a long way in storage for the Power System. In addition to internal hard disk drives (HDDs), there are Solid State Drives (SSDs), Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) drives, and the external IBM FlashSystems with all NVMe storage option. Gone are the days when AS/400 internal storage was usually the first choice in achieving the best performance. This blog discusses various IBM storage options for POWER9 and highlights the cost difference of deploying different storage options on a FlashSystem fiber attached to a POWER9.

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Posted on August 24, 2020
 
In Episode 22, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Paul Rogers about the risks and repercussions of not keeping your hardware current.

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Posted on July 23, 2020
 
In Episode 21, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Rick Marcotte about Disaster Recovery and the difference between the various components that make up each DR solution.

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Posted on June 25, 2020
 
In Episode 20 Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Richie Palma about navigating the new virtual space and the impact that it has had on events, customer engagement, and overall industry education.

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Posted on May 13, 2020
 
In Episode 19 Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Richie Palma about How to Promote IBM i to Your Business.

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Posted on April 1, 2020
 
In Episode 18 Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk about IBM i technologies to know about while working remotely and some of the best practices to follow.

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Posted on March 20, 2020
 
In Episode 17 Laurie LeBlanc talks to Ron Dolan and Richie Palma from iTech Solutions about if your company starts talking about going off platform, what you can do and what you need to think about.

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Posted on February 19, 2020
 
Maybe you’ve seen the Power Roadmaps, or have even asked: “What’s the future of IBM i and Power Systems”? In Episode 16, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc answer this question and talk about the Staying Power of Power Systems and the future of IBM i. 

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Posted on January 22, 2020
 
In this episode, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with Carl Novit, Vice President and owner of Foodservice & Restaurant Supply (FRS), about his experience with iTech Solutions and how iTech was able to reduce his recovery time objectives when doing his DR and HA.

Interested in learning more? Click here to read the full case study.

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